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CCCCD Sociology Student Wins International Award

CCCCD SOCIOLOGY STUDENT WINS INTERNATIONAL AWARD

Oct. 28, 2004 - Collin County Community College District (CCCCD) sociology student Kris Gonzalez of Dallas won third place, behind students from Northwestern University and Yale University, in an essay contest sponsored by aWorldConnected.org, the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. Gonzalez's essay was one of only a handful of winners from among 1,700 entries worldwide, from countries as far away as Japan, Russia and India. His essay, "Comparative Advantage vs. A Race to the Bottom," addresses the challenges of maquiladoras, assembly plants in Mexico.

"It's an honor to have my essay selected from a pool of so many and by such a distinguished panel of scholars," said Gonzalez. "There are many talented students who opt to pursue an education at a two-year college first, and I'm glad this achievement helps highlight the quality of institutions like Collin County Community College. I hope that my success will encourage my fellow students to pursue similarly challenging academic opportunities."

Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.